Guerfi vs McGregor – IFL, ESPN+ – March 19
Streaming action begins on ESPN+ at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT – Bantamweight phenom Lee McGregor has captured British and Commonwealth titles. He is now ready to conquer Europe. McGregor, from Edinburgh, Scotland, will challenge European bantamweight champion Karim Guerfi in a 12-round showdown this Friday, March 19 from University of Bolton Stadium in Bolton, England.
Guerfi-McGregor will headline a card streaming live and exclusively in the United States on ESPN+ starting at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT.
Guerfi (29-4, 9 KOs), from Manosque, France, is a three-time European bantamweight champion who challenged for an interim flyweight world title in 2012. He has not fought since November 2019, when he knocked out countryman Georges Ory in nine rounds. Guerfi has won his last three European bantamweight title bouts, all by knockout. McGregor (9-0, 7 KOs) captured the Commonwealth bantamweight crown in October 2018 in just his fifth pro bout, knocking out Thomas Essomba in the 12th round. He unified the British and Commonwealth crowns in November 2019 with a razor-thin split decision over Ukashir Farooq. McGregor returned from a career-long layoff last August and stopped Ryan Walker in five rounds.
In other streaming action:
The streaking Maxi Hughes (22-5-2, 4 KOs) will battle Belfast veteran Paul Hyland Jr. (20-2, 7 KOs) in a 12-rounder for the vacant British lightweight title. Hughes has scored upset victories in his last two bouts with decisions over the previously unbeaten Viktor Kotochigov and former world title challenger Jono Carroll. Hyland is coming off a June 2019 knockout loss to Francesca Patera for the European lightweight title.
Belfast-born super middleweight contender Padraig “The Hammer” McCrory (11-0, 5 KOs) will fight fellow unbeaten Germaine Brown (9-0, 3 KOs) in an eight-rounder. McCroy is coming off last September’s first-round blitzing of the normally durable Mickey Ellison.
In an eight-round junior welterweight bout, Jamie Robinson (10-4-1, 3 KOs), winner of four straight, will look to make it five in a row against Billy Allington (8-1-2).
Undefeated junior middleweight prospect Eryk Apresyan (7-0, 5 KOs) makes his UK debut against Nathan Bendon (3-3-1, 1 KO) in a six-rounder.
The ESPN+ stream is scheduled to start with the return of junior featherweight prospect Shabaz Masoud (7-0, 1 KO) against nine-year veteran Louis Norman (14-8-1, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder.
Maxi Hughes will now face Paul Hyland Jnr for the vacant British lightweight title on the huge #MTKFightNight on March 19.
Hyland Jnr was originally set to face Liam Walsh for the belt, but with Walsh still recovering from COVID-19, Hughes will now step in for the showdown.
The event will take place at the University of Bolton Stadium, and be broadcast in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV.
Hughes (22-5-2, 4 KOs) had an incredible 2020, defeating former world title challenger Jono Carroll in August, before following that up by winning the WBC International lightweight title against Viktor Kotochigov in October.
He now turns his attention to Hyland Jnr (20-2, 7 KOs) who has previously challenged for the European and British lightweight titles during his career.
MTK Global Promoter Lee Eaton said: “It’s fantastic that Maxi Hughes is stepping up to take on Paul Hyland Jnr for the British lightweight title. Maxi has dreamed his whole life of becoming British champion, and now has his chance.
“It’s a shame that Liam Walsh is unable to fight, but full credit to Maxi for stepping up, and for Paul Hyland Jnr for taking the fight. It’s a brilliant 50-50 battle and one that I can’t wait for.
“It’s a massive show next month with Karim Guerfi also defending his European bantamweight title against Lee McGregor, with even more big fights set to be announced in the coming days.”
GUERFI – MCGREGOR FIGHT DATE, START TIME
Date: Friday, March 19
Time: 7 p.m. UK / 3 p.m. ET
Main event: 10 p.m. UK / 6 p.m. ET
Main event ringwalks are anticipated around 10 p.m. UK/6 p.m. ET, but the exact start time of the featured bout depends on how long the undercard runs.
GUERFI – MCGREGOR TV CHANNEL, LIVE STREAM
U.K. : IFL TV
The Guerfi vs. McGregor fight will be shown on ESPN+ in the United States and streamed on IFL TV in the UK.
WHERE IS THE GUERFI -MCGREGOR FIGHT?
Karim Guerfi will take on Lee McGregor on Friday 19th March 2021 at University of Bolton Stadium in Bolton, England.
GUERFI – MCGREGOR FULL CARD
- Karim Guerfi vs. Lee McGregor – European bantamweight title
- Liam Walsh vs. Paul Hyland Jr. – BBBofC Lightweight title
- Padraig McCrory vs. Germain Brown – Middlweights
- Jamie Robinson vs. Billy Allington – Welterweights
- Eryk Apresyan vs. Nathan Bendon – Junior middlweights
- Shabaz Masoud vs. Louis Norman – Junior featherweights